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Saturday 18th June

posted 20 Jun 2011, 01:23 by Mike Madden   [ updated 21 Jun 2011, 02:30 ]
1st XI v Hadfield (away)

The league website is down so I'll tell you what I know. Whaley batted first and quickly crumbled. 6 for 4, 18 for 7, but then there was a recovery as big Dave rattled up 11 and Scholesy 10. The final total of 53 all out could have been much worse, but it still didnt look to be enough. Eddie Ford, captain for the day in the absence of Dale, opened the bowling too good effect. At the other end John Stanway was virtually unplayable, bowling 7 overs for 5 and taking 2 wickets before being taken off as per the ECB directive. Eddie took 5 wickets as Hadfield reached their target for the loss of 8 wickets.
2nd XI v Hadfield (home)

The seconds had a better day, despite losing the toss and being put in to bat on a rather green wicket. With rain all around it seemed certain that there would be interruptions, and this proved to be the case. Captain Madden strode to the wicket, then returned to get his gloves so that the innings could finally get under way. The skipper was caught behind for 12, and this led to a stand of 48 between TR Wild and Matt Morten, including 3 lofted shots for 4 in the same over off a slow bowler by TR, but the partnership was broken when TR was caught for 26. Matt was trapped lbw for 33, at which point we encountered our first rain delay. Tea would have been taken but the pizzas weren't ready, so we resumed with Rob Hill joining Tommo at the crease. Rob decided to walk down the wicket, forgetting all about hitting the ball, as he was bowled for 0, then Harry Bold was caught for 0 as the innings threatened to capitulate. Graham Hill struck a resolute 15 before he was bowled, then Tommo was bowled for a jug avoiding 49 to leave us poised perilously on 148 for 7. 175 should have been a realistic target, but Ant Rowntree was bowled for 0, then Sam Slack was lbw for 4, Fid managed an unbeaten 1, but when Colin was bowled for 0 we were stuck on 153 all out, a reasonable score and one that we had a good chance of defending. Colin opened up with six overs for 1 run, whilst at the other end Slacky opened with 3 overs for 4. In his 4th over Slacky got a breakthrough, bowling one of the openers with a superb slower ball, then Tommo took the opportunity to relieve himself in an adjacent field. Two more overs from Slacky saw another wicket, this time after a catch from Fid, and Hadfield were struggling at 13 for 2. Fid came on and made another breakthrough, clean bowled, as the score reached 29 for 3, and Colin completed 10 overs for just 6 runs. Tommo changed his position so that he could relieve himself in an adjacent field as Colin finished his spell of 12 overs for 20 runs, then Slacky came back with a wicket maiden as Colin took an easy catch. Fid claimed another victim after a Matt Morten catch, but at 96 for 5 the wheels started to come off. Gibbo would undoubtedly have wrapped the game up, but he was unavailable, so Matt  Morten bowled 2 overs for 17 and Tommo relieved himself in an adjacent field. Slacky finished with 3 for 29 off 9, whilst Fid had 2 for 43 off 12. Colin came back with disastrous effect as the fielding became ragged, including Graham Hill completely misjudging a catch that would have removed the danger man. Tommo relieved himself in an adjacent field as Colin ended with 0 for 45 off 14, then it was left to TR Wild to finish the innings off with 3 balls for 5 runs, including one lbw shout that deserved to be given if only because of the quality of the appeal. We lost by 5 wickets, but on the positive side Slacky's bowling and Harry Bold's wicketkeeping are improving every week, and Alex Wood is the best scorer we have had for many years.
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